Frequently Asked Questions

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Who is Love Of Vietnam Expressed, Inc.?

We are a registered non-profit, tax-exempt organization in the U.S. and a NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) in Viet Nam, and are seeking to improve the lives of the poorest children and families in Da Nang, Quang Nam, and surrounding areas. All of our board members are volunteers, and we employ several Vietnamese nationals in Da Nang. Learn more on our About Us page.

Where is the work located?

We are based in Da Nang, Viet Nam, the 4th largest city in Viet Nam with over 800,000 inhabitants, located in central Viet Nam on the coast of the South China Sea.

What is the mission's purpose?

L.O.V.E. is a Christian relief organization that provides spiritual, physical and emotional support to Central Vietnam’s impoverished children, orphans, at-risk and special-needs children. We address the following needs: Providing better opportunities to poor families to complete their children’s education by providing school fees, extra classes to enrich their studies, and extra help when needed. Also by providing better health and dental care and better nutrition. We serve by offering hope to those without hope, and encouragement to those who have given up.

How are donations used?

90% of sponsorship/scholarship funds go directly to the recipients' needs (school fees, etc.) These monies are paid to the source of the expense, not directly to the recipient. 10% of these funds are applied to administrative costs (office expenses, travel, staff salaries, etc.).

Breakdown of Student House Sponsorship varies according to House needs, and is listed on each House's profile.

General funds are applied as needed, and all donations earmarked for specific needs are applied directly to those needs minus 10% admin fee if needed.

Who can assume a sponsorship?

Any individual or group (such as a Sunday School class or youth group) can assume a sponsorship of a
child, family or student home. We only ask that you be committed and faithful.

Are there other ways to help besides a sponsorship?
Any non-designated donation goes to our General Fund and helps provide scholarships, medical or dental assistance, and other support to very poor children and their families, as well as the elderly or handicapped who aren't sponsored. Donations can also be earmarked for specific needs, such as a medical need, disaster relief, etc. Visit our Programs page for more details.
Who decides which children and families are served?

Our staff visit each family personally and determine their needs. Most families are referred to us by churches, government, and other organizations.

Is there any accountability for the recipient families?

Yes, they are monitored regularly - most on a monthly basis - for their general health and well-being. Any children receiving sponsorships or scholarships must make a reasonable effort to attend and achieve in school. Families who are able to rise out of poverty are removed from the program to make room for the more needy. Children who do not make a reasonable effort to attend and perform well in school, lose their support.

Is a sponsorship considered a legal obligation?

No, you may cancel at any time. We just ask that you give us as much notice as possible so we can find another to help your sponsored child(ren).

How long is a sponsorship commitment?

You may select the amount of time you wish to sponsor, but we greatly encourage each sponsorship to last until the child/ren finishes their education. You can pay by check or online. You can also schedule automatic monthly donations. We highly recommend that for regularly scheduled payments, such as sponsorships, you sign up for auto-pay or use your banking institution's bill pay.

How do I make donations?

You can pay by check or online. You can even schedule automatic monthly donations. We highly recommend that for regularly scheduled payments such as sponsorships, you sign up for our auto-pay, or use your banking institution's bill pay program. Details can be found on our Donate page.

May I have contact with a sponsored child?

We strongly encourage correspondence with sponsored children. You may email or mail your letters to us, and we will translate and deliver, and vice versa.

What holidays are celebrated in Viet Nam?

The annual Tet celebration and the Mid-Autumn Festival are the big ones. Many also celebrate Christmas.

Can I send presents for the children?

Yes. However, shipping/postage and customs to Viet Nam is high, and it is generally more cost effective to send us the money to purchase gifts locally. You may choose what you'd like us to purchase, or let us choose based on our knowledge of the recipient. You will receive photos of your gift(s) and the child/ren receiving it.

Is L.O.V.E. a Christian or secular organization?

L.O.V.E. is a Christian organization, but we serve needy people of all faiths. Visit "Our Faith" page for our statement of faith.

May I share my Christian faith with a sponsored child?

Absolutely...we encourage it.

Do multiple people sponsor the same child?

No, each child has one designated sponsor.

Can I visit L.O.V.E. in Viet Nam, including my sponsored child?

Yes, we love visitors! Please contact us for more information and assistance in planning your trip.

What methods of correspondence does L.O.V.E. employ?

L.O.V.E. prefers to use email for all correspondence, including donation receipts, our newsletters, and correspondence with our children. This saves us a great deal of funds that can be better applied elsewhere. Please contact us to request other methods of communication/correspondence.

What is L.O.V.E.'s privacy policy?

L.O.V.E. does not share payment information, banking information, emails, email addresses or other personal information or correspondence outside of the organizations of L.O.V.E. and G4Kids (our sister organization in Germany). Only information relating to the sponsorship of L.O.V.E.'s children through G4Kids is shared between these two organizations. L.O.V.E. is committed to protecting the privacy of our sponsors and supporters.

We have tried to provide answers to most questions about our work throughout this website.

However, please feel free to contact us anytime with questions or concerns.